Animal Stories - Giant Red Tail Gourami


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The Giant Red Tail Gourami is a very large fish, and definitely the most attractive of the giant gourmis!
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Simon LEE - 2006-07-19
Hi to all giant red tail gourami keepers. i have keep this fish for 4 years. He likes to eat dried shrimp and pellets as well. Easy to keep if compared to an arowana. He can recognized his master after you keep it for some time. He likes to play much.

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  • Ashley Matherne - 2010-02-25
    How large has your red tail gourami grown in 4 years
  • zali - 2010-06-27
    I'd also like to share, we have few fish pools (300ft length on each pool)back at my inlaw's home.We breed Koi, Talapia, Giant gourami etc. We have estimated more than 30 of both black and red Giant Gourami (weighing 2-7kilos).
  • Windy Page - 2014-07-06
    He needs a confident non aggressive tank buddy. My red belly pacu's are gentle and kittens but if a new person enters the room they dash and hide if possible. But lately my feather fin catfish has taken ownership of every spot big enough for them to hide in!
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hermie mistangin - 2013-08-16
I have a red tail giant gourami which I kept for over a year already. It's been kept in an aquarium 4ft x 2ft x 2ft. The aquarium is decorated simple with small pebbles on the aquarium base and a few rocks with ample lighting... the problem that I've encounter since day 1 is that my fish is so scared stiff. Whenever I approached the tank to feed, the fish will swim vigoruosly throughout the aquarium. I know that the giant gorrami could be very tame when you keep them for a long time. There are no other fishes that are sharing the aquarium at the moment. Could somebody please give a solution to my problem? Thank you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    You could try adding a lot of plants and maybe some swim-through logs. This might give him more of a sense of security and places to hide. Adding a companion fish might also help, but it might not. As long as he is eating and healthy, there is not much else you can do.
  • jack - 2014-06-21
    i suggest you put your fish pet on a bigger space like fish pond.cause i have this kind of fish for a long time.like 20 years.i heard that this fish has a life span of 50 years.imagine that.i have one w/c i kept for seven years and it grows to a size of 18 inches. but when a friend of took it and put i in a 120 gal. aguarium with a thickness of a half inch.it scare on day when it sow something and get scares and smash the half inch aguarium with his head and baaMM.the aguarium broke and he died. now i have two fish w/c i kept for six years now in a pond together with a variety of guppies.
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HP - 2006-05-08
This fish is definitely making a comeback in the Malaysia. This fish will develop its coloration based on the background color. If the aquarium background is dark, the red coloration at the edge of the fin looks brilliant but the fish overall coloration is dark and looks purplish black. On the other hand if the background is white, the fish will look brownish and the red marking is not so prominant as a dark background.
This fish is bred in captivity and coloration depends very much on the feed, to see the coloration in full, ideally the aquarium should have a very dark background and color enhancing light will help show off the colouration of the male fish.
This fish are also very agressive and when challenged will normally confront the intruder. Get them used to your glass taping and they will normally follow your finger as you move along the aquarium.
A well, a trained fish is not only adorable but a prize possesion

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  • Izwan sawall - 2013-07-16
    Both direct sunlight and food plays an important part in producing intense red colour on fins and tail. Colour enhancing aquarium bulbs will increase the colour but is only for a short period. Keeping the fish under direct sunlight (of course with some shade) will help retain the red colour without fading.
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Kushan - 2010-05-18
How to identify the Red fin giants from the other types of giant gouramis, when they are young? They do not show the red colour when they are young!
And how could we identify the sex of the Giant gourami's.? Is the method of colour intensity work always?

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  • izwan sawall - 2013-07-16
    Compared to common gouramy (O.Gouramy) the body color of young red fin giant gouramis are much darker. They do not have vertical lines that you see on the normal gouramy. Yes they do not get their red until reach to a size of about 6-7 inches. It's very difficult to identify the males and females when they are small. A mature male has intense red on its tail & fins whereas the female does not have intense red colour and the dorsal fin is blunt.
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spencer - 2012-12-09
Can I keep a giant red tail gourami in a 245 gallon tank with a red bellied pacu?

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  • spencer - 2012-12-09
    What about if i bump it to 300g and 2 red bellied pacu.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-09
    You should be able to, especially if they are raised together. The Red Belly Pacu can reach up to 30 inches (75 cm), but usually only obtains a length of about 12 inches (30 cm) in the aquarium. They are both large fish, but both are usually compatible with a similar sized tankmate. There are exceptions, sometimes the Giant Red Tail Gourami will get mean, but that's something you'd have to wait and see on as they grow.
  • spencer - 2012-12-10
    thank you
  • spencer - 2012-12-10
    Then I've seen some big red bellied pacus in aquariums on youtube :D
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joshy k george - 2012-09-15
Hai..I am from Kerala Indian. We have some Gaint gouramies I need to breed them. What can i do?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-15
    These fish have not been bred in aquariums so very little is known.
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Izwan Sawal - 2012-08-03
One person by the name Dayaratne managed to breed red fin giant gouramis in the year 2008. He is the only person who have been successful in breeding this fish in Sri lanka. The adult male and female probably would have been imported from Sabah, Malaysia. I make this assumption because of the intense red colour on the tails and fins. He can be contacted on 033-2290466 or 011-22864413

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HP - 2006-04-11
There seems to be two different type of Red tail gourami in the asian market now, one is called purple red, this I believed is breed locally, the other is the taiwanese strain of red tail gourami, this fish have got very white base. Both are of the same strain, I believed the lighter colour strain are from selective breeding, in the wild they are much darker base.

The first batch that was brought in from Sabah,( about 15 years back) are caught using fishing tackle, and they will normally regurgitate out the fishing hook after a week in captivity.

Now they are being bred in captivity in hatchery within Malaysia.
That all I have to share for now.

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  • Izwan Sawal - 2012-08-03
    Yes you are correct. There are two types in the market. The tail and fins of 1 type has very intense red colour while the body is quite darker than the other type. The tail and fins of the other type does not show such intense red and is more dull orange than red.
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